Sampdoria vs Lazio: match preview, starting line-ups, and prediction
After bitter disappointment against Chievo at the Stadio Olimpico, Lazio traveled to Milan to take on the Rossoneri at the San Siro. The second leg of the semifinals of the Coppa Italia, the Biancocelesti dominated play, coming away with a 1-0 victory; they are headed to the finals in Rome against Atalanta on May 15th. Today, Simone Inzaghi’s side must reshift their focus towards the league but need to continue on this positive form to secure victory in Matchday 34 of the Serie A TIM: they head to the Stadio Luigi Ferraris to take on Sampdoria.
Sampdoria vs Lazio – The Biancocelesti View
Lazio comes into the match against Sampdoria in a subpar recent run of form despite a strong performance against Milan away from home. In their last five Serie A TIM matches, they have lost to Chievo at home (2-1), defeated Udinese at home (2-0), lost to Milan at the San Siro (1-0), drew with Sassuolo at home (2-2), and lost to SPAL away from home (1-0). An overall record of 1W-1D-3L, they have conceded six goals while scoring five – not the record that a club who desire a place in next years UEFA Champions League should want or have… They currently sit in eighth place in the standings with 52 points, just 6 away from rivals Roma in fourth.
Sampdoria vs Lazio – Opposition Preview
Sampdoria comes into the match against Lazio with a record of 2W-0D-3L, four goals scored, and six goals conceded. This is once again, a poor stretch for the club who have been striving this season under Marco Giampaolo. They currently sit one spot behind Lazio in the table in ninth with 48 points.
Sampdoria vs Lazio – Starting Line-ups
Sampdoria (4-3-1-2): Audero; Sala, Ferrari, Colley, Murru; Praet, Ekdal, Linetty; Ramirez; Defrel, Quagliarella.
Lazio (3-5-2): Strakosha; Wallace, Acerbi, Bastos; Romulo, Parolo, Leiva, Cataldi, Lulic; Correa, Caicedo.
Sampdoria vs Lazio – Prediction
Lazio NEED to obtain all three points today. Playing some of the best football they have played in quite some time against Milan midweek, Inzaghi will hope his side continue on this good form. With a victory, they will have 55 points, allowing them to maintain the gap to the fourth and final Champions League place. However, this will be hard to do with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto out to due suspension. An interesting fact: Lazio have won 10 of their last 14 encounters with Sampdoria, losing just once.
Sampdoria 2-2 Lazio